An Taoiseach, Enda
Kenny TD and the Minister for Social Protection and the Minister for
Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, will launch the Department of Social
Protection’s new integrated employment and support service in the
Department of Social Protection offices, Government Buildings, Cranmore
Road on Monday, 15th October from 11.15am.
The new service for
the first time now offers employment and income supports in one place
and provides personalised employment advice, guidance and support,
targeted to individual needs, while emphasising the personal
responsibility of the client.
However Home Help workers facing
cuts to their contracts and those campaigning against the household
charges and the government’s new property tax will hold an
anti-austerity protest outside the offices to coincide with the visit.
for support for the protest Brian O’Boyle of the Sligo Workers Alliance
said “The government’s austerity policies and the continued cutbacks in
public services are affecting some of the most vulnerable sectors of
“The bill for the bank bailout is now being
presented to the Irish people in the form of cutbacks. The EU/ECB is
insisting that the money will be spent paying the bankers and
speculators. There can be no justification for ordinary people paying
for the speculation of private institutions. We are being forced to pay a
debt that is not of our making.
“The most recent savage cuts to
the home help service stand out as they indicate how far Fine Gael and
the Labour Party will go in order to ensure that the majority of
ordinary people pay for the greed of a tiny rich minority.” he said. 'Failed Austerity Policies'
Socialist Sligo councillor Declan Bree said “The latest national
household figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the
number of people at work between April - June fell by nearly 14,000.
These figures are yet another indictment of the failed austerity
policies pursued by the government and unfortunately again make a
nonsense of the suggestion that the economy has 'turned the corner'.
recent document prepared by European Commission troika staff sought to
blame what it described as “benefits”, such as medical cards and
housing, for so many people being long-term unemployed. It tried to
peddle the idea that without the removing of these basic human rights,
ordinary people would have no incentive to seek employment.
reality is that there are no jobs available to Irish people unless they
emigrate. The government’s so called jobs strategy is an act in mass
deception. It has relied on high emigration, dead-end training and
grossly exploitative internships to hide its shameful failure to
deliver. When this government talks about activation of job seekers
what it really means is their disappearance either on the boat or plane
or into the revolving door of training schemes.” declared Cllr Bree.
Taoiseach and Minister Burton are expected to be accompanied Minister
of State, John Perry TD, Deputy Tony McLoughlin and senators, Michael
Comiskey, Imelda Henry, Susan O'Keeffe and Government County and Borough councillors.
understands that security will be tight on Monday morning to avoid any
repeat of the recent incident which saw the Tanaiste's car become the
target of an egg attack in Dublin by éirígí protesters.Always be first with Sligo news - Never miss a story - Join us on Facebook